Kate Middleton beaten at bean-bag game by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes

Kate Middleton beaten at bean-bag game by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes

Kate Middleton was beaten at a game of bean-bag noughts and crosses by Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes who founded the national youth development organisation.

After giving it her best shot, The Princess of Wales finished second best after taking on the double Olympic champion at the bean-bag game.

Kate, who is known for her competitive streak, joined a team of pupils being supported by Dame Kelly’s trust at its base in Bath, with the former sports star on the other team.

The children from St Katherine’s School in Bristol are taking part in the On Track To Achieve programme, delivered by their athlete mentor and Paralympic gold medallist Liz Johnson.

In bright summer sunshine earlier today (16 May), the opposing groups had to run forwards in turn and throw a bean-bag on to a grid on the ground.

Kate did her best but Dame Kelly’s team won twice.

After the first victory, the track and field star held her arms aloft and admitted she is “slightly competitive”.

The princess joked: “You would never have guessed.”

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly founded the national youth development organisation in 2008 on the belief that every young person needs a champion.

It pairs world class athletes with youngsters, who may lack confidence or have other issues, so the sportsmen or women can pass on their winning mindset and help the schoolchildren develop the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life.

The princess later sat down to chat to the pupils, all girls aged from 11-13, who spoke about their experiences at school, home life and the benefits of being mentored by a sports star.

While in Bath, Kate also spoke to former Love Island star Zara McDermott who is a champion for the Princess of Wales’ ‘Shaping Us’ campaign, which was launched in February and aims to raise the profile of youngsters’ early years development.

For the occasion, Kate looked sensational as she opted for a brightly coloured look and sported a vibrant yellow blazer costing £359 from LK Bennett.

In keeping with the summery outfit, the mum-of-three looked stylish as she paired the blazer with a simple white top and a pair of white straight leg jeans.

With the royal engagement allowing Kate to unleash her sportier side, the Princess of Wales wore a pair of £120 white trainers by Veja – a brand which she has been seen wearing a number of times over the years.

To finish off the casual yet chic look, she wore her hair in a classic bouncy blowdry and wore some £795 earrings from Emily Mortimer.


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